1. Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    the history of the busblog: part twah – the car the readers bought me 

    the engraved ipod was nice, the trip to aruba was beautiful, the wishlist gifts were very nice, the second ipod was awesome once the first one broke.

    but what i wanted was a car.

    true, the irony of the busblog – a blog about a guy riding around LA in a bus – striving to get a car from the readers who obviously liked the bus-themed subplot, was not lost on its author.

    still, i wanted to be the first blogger to get a car from its readers, simply because he asked.

    problem was, cars cost a Lot of money.

    it only took 3 weeks to get $1,000 to go to aruba. but what I learned was, those were all the readers willing to fork over money, and 3 weeks of a pledge drive is super annoying.

    to be able to raise $30k to purchase a Cadillac Snoop De Ville, would take some miracle.

    i figured if i made a list on the side of the blog with everyone’s name who donated to the caddy fund, it would be a nice little ongoing growing thing.

    also any time someone donated id put their name in the middle of a blog post and if they had a blog id link to their blog.

    while there were miracles happening because of this blog, the windfall of ridiculous amounts of cash was not one of them. fortunately.

    i say fortunately because i always thought people should write, and blog, and art, for love, not money.

    and then one day i got laid off at E!

    and even though it was a miserable place to work, i was sad, and now really broke because that place barely paid me anything.

    alas– i had a friend, basart was his name. he hates; bad grammar.

    there i was, jobless. hopeless. and i think he had just won the lottery or cashed in some stock options, or

    accidentally found that his gold monocle was solid gold and not just gold plated,

    and bought a brand new car with the item.

    he had a perfectly good Toyota Sentra he was gonna trade in for a few grand.

    but being a huge busblog reader (and also possibly a secret copy editor of the blog)  he knew i could probably use a car as i drove around the city passing out resumes.

    so he said yo tone, hows the car fund going? i was all, not bad, if i want a used car, but i want a new car.

    he was like, you’ll never get a new car. busblog is good, but come on, aint That good.

    so he sold me his Nissan, minus two back hub caps, and i drove around the country to meet and thank all of the readers who had donated $1 or $5 or $10 which turned into that car.

    in 2006 i went all the way to Toronto and then Cape Cod, then down to New Orleans and even saw most of the great comeback Da Bears had in Zona on Monday night.

    didnt meet all the people, but blogged about the trip so they were there with me.

    did i have any problems with the car? yes, but it was compact disc related and it caused me to have to get towed in New York City.

    turned out the JVC cd player slash Sirius satellite indash 100 watt stereo deck did not like homemade burned CDs.

    If a burned cd got into the player, sometimes it would drain the battery because it would try to spit it out but have difficulty.

    murphys law: that problem didnt surface until i was driving around the world. but being a blogger, i took a picture and blogged the sad towing too.

    i had that car for 5 years until the xbi permanently loaned me their 2011 SS,

    and i gave the Nissan to danielle, yr girl, who currently has it.